State champ: Chambersburg s Garett Hammond, front, wrestles T.C. Warner of Cumberland Valley during the 145-pound state championship match on March 10.
State champ: Chambersburg s Garett Hammond, front, wrestles T.C. Warner of Cumberland Valley during the 145-pound state championship match on March 10. Hammond won, 12-9. He is seeded second behind Warner at 152 pounds in the Section I Class AAA wrestling tournament Saturday. (Public Opinion file/Ryan Blackwell)
Here's an indication of how strong the 152-pound weight class is for the Section I Class AAA wrestling tournament:

Gettysburg's Clay Kocsis, who owns the only undefeated record (27-0) in the entire tournament, is seeded third. And he's the sixth-ranked wrestler in the state at that weight.

So, yes, you can say 152 is loaded.

Need more evidence?

Chambersburg's Garett Hammond (38-4), the defending PIAA champion who is ranked No. 1 at 152, is the second seed. He's behind T.C. Warner of Cumberland Valley (29-1), who is ranked second in the state and who lost to Hammond in the section, District 3 and PIAA finals last March.

James Buchanan's Casey Glunt (24-5) is ranked No. 17, but he is only the No. 4 seed and will be a serious underdog to even qualify for districts, because only the top three at each weight advance.

Still not convinced? The No. 8 seed, Dakota Kuhn of Carlisle, is 20-10.

Wrestling begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with 12 teams in the field, including all five area teams - Chambersburg, Shippensburg, JB, Greencastle-Antrim and Waynesboro. The finals are slated for a 6 p.m. start.

Chambersburg coach Doug Rine said, "We talked to Garett about it before our coaches meeting (Wednesday) night, because we thought from a points standpoint, he might be No. 2."

Although Warner wrestled all season at 160, it was no surprise that he dropped for the postseason. He may have anyway, but Kennard-Dale's Chance Marsteller - who has two state titles and has never lost in high school - dropped from 170 to 160. That may have been a factor.

The sectional seeds are not as subjective as they used to be. Based on records, past success and average number of team points per match, each wrestler is assigned an average point per bout total and Warner's was the highest in the entire tournament field (10.667). Hammond has the fourth-best point total (9.0710).

Because the point totals are the biggest deciding factor, coaches don't haggle over seeds like they used to. The days of hours-long meetings may be over.

"I think it took only about 20-25 minutes for the whole meeting," Waynesboro coach Eric Mowen said.

Rine said, "I think there were only two weights that got changed because of a challenge."

Four area wrestlers earned No. 1 seeds - Wyatt Binkley of Greencastle-Antrim (20-5) at 106, Chambersburg's Tanner Shoap (31-7) at 113, and Shippensburg's Dylan Herb (22-4) at 195 and Cary Hess (23-2) at 285.

Shoap and Hammond are both two-time defending Section I champions.

In addition to Hammond, five other area wrestlers were seeded No. 2, including Chambersburg's Colin Runshaw (22-11) at 106 and Calvin O'Farrell (21-12) at 160, Greencastle's Cody Carbaugh (25-2) at 113, James Buchanan's Devin Reed (16-6) and Colby Mowen of Waynesboro (13-8) at 120.

Rine said, "We think we have some pretty good lines for some of our younger wrestlers. If they come ready to perform, they could do well. But as tough as this section is, one mistake could knock you out of it."

The Trojans' Dontez King (24-9) wrestled at 182 for most of the season, although he was bumped up to 195 several times in the last couple of weeks. He made the decision to stay up at 195, even though the competition in sectionals, where he is the third seed, appears tougher than at 182.

"It was his choice," Rine said. "He thinks his chances to go deeper in districts are better at 195 than 182 of course, he still has to get to districts."

Another strong weight class involving area wrestlers is 126. Big Spring's Dustin Rook (11-1) is No. 1, followed by Jonathan Ross of Northern (22-6). Chambersburg's David Rump (23-10) is No. 3 and JB's Austin Tucker (28-2) is fourth.

Rook is ranked No. 5 in the state and Tucker is No. 18.

Rocket coach Matt Gordon said, "Two of our best wrestlers - Austin and Casey - are both in extremely tough weight classes. We knew at Casey's weight (152), he'd be behind the guys he is, but we were hoping Austin could have gotten the third seed.

"But really, no matter where you're seeded, you have to wrestle well to move on. Our section is a meat grinder and District 3 is even worse."

The most lopsided bracket could be at 285, where Ship's Hess and the Rockets' Reed have the only winning records.

One name missing from the brackets is Waynesboro senior Jesse Smith, who would have likely had a top-four seed at 145. Smith injured his knee several weeks ago and, since he plans to play soccer at Lock Haven, he and his family made a decision to end his career.

"It's kind of sad, because he comes from a great wrestling family," Mowen said.

Waynesboro has only three wrestlers seeded in the top three and Mowen is hopeful that at least a couple make it to districts.

"We haven't not gotten anybody through for a long, long, long time," he said.

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Ed Gotwals can be reached at 262-4755 and egotwals@publicopinionnews.com.

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SECTION I

Section I Class AAA Tournament

(At Mechanicsburg)

SEEDS

Below are the top 4 seeds, plus other area wrestlers, at each weight class for the Section I Class AAA Tournament on Saturday at Mechanicsburg, with grades and record in parentheses:

106 - 1.Wyatt Binkley, Greencastle-Antrim (so., 20-5); 2.Colin Runshaw, Chambersburg (fr., 22-11); 3.Ryan Neff, Waynesboro (fr., 21-9); 4.Drew Tochterman, Mechanicsburg (fr., 16-8); 7.Daquan Woods, Shippensburg (so., 8-13)

113 - 1.Tanner Shoap, Chambersburg (sr., 31-7); 2.Cody Carbaugh, Greencastle (sr., 25-2); 3.Marshall Myers, West Perry (sr., 26-2); 4.Hunter Faith, James Buchanan (so., 22-5); 7.Justin Evans, Shippensburg (so., 9-12); 8.John Atkinson, Waynesboro (so., 11-15)

120 - 1.Ben Allwein, West Perry (jr., 25-3); 2.Colby Mowen, Waynesboro (sr., 13-8); 3.Garrett Kyner, Chambersburg (fr., 25-12); 4.Tyler Wilt, Gettysburg (fr., 11-5); 6.Wade Rider, Greencastle (sr., 7-8); 8.Kyle Lee, James Buchanan (fr., 14-13); 10.Zane Hershey, Shippensburg (fr., 10-17)

126 - 1.Dustin Rook, Big Spring (sr., 11-1); 2.Jonathan Ross, Northern (fr., 22-6); 3.David Rump, Chambersburg (so., 23-10); 4.Austin Tucker, James Buchanan (jr., 28-2); 5.Aaron Layman, Waynesboro (so., 18-11); 8.Derek Watson, Shippensburg (so., 11-13)

132 - 1.Patrick Duggan, Cumberland Valley (so., 28-2); 2.Wyatt Keck, Big Spring (sr., 21-7); 3.Brady Meals, Carlisle (so., 18-8); 4.Levi Robinson, James Buchanan (fr., 7-10); 5.Jake Wertz, Waynesboro (fr., 4-4); 7.David Law, Chambersburg (so., 5-16); 9.Andrew Dozel, Shippensburg (so., 2-10)

138 - 1.Alex Wolfe, Cumb. Valley (so., 25-7); 2.Chad Wickard, Big Spring (jr., 20-4); 3.Kenyon Cuka, Waynesboro (jr., 18-10); 4.Garek Strouse, Northern (20-11); 7.Nathan Coldsmith, Shippensburg (sr., 11-15); 9.Steven Smith, Chambersburg (jr., 6-14)

145 - 1.Ian Shannon, Carlisle (jr., 25-2); 2.Greg Warner, Big Spring (jr., 18-4); 3.Feliz Belga, Cumb. Valley (fr., 17-10); 4.Tristen Skelly, Mechanicsburg (so., 24-8); 5.Elijah Harris, Shippensburg (jr., 17-12); 7.Cameron Fox, James Buchanan (sr., 15-14); 8.Cody Frey, Waynesboro (fr., 9-16); 9.John Hughes, Chambersburg (jr., 5-8); 11.Geoff Hetrick, Greencastle (jr., 1-10)

152 - 1.T.C. Warner, Cumb. Valley (jr., 29-1); 2.Garett Hammond, Chambersburg (sr., 38-4); 3.Clay Kocsis, Gettysburg (sr., 27-0); 4.Casey Glunt, James Buchanan (so., 24-5); 9.Tommy LaRue, Shippensburg (jr., 6-10); 10.Daniel Shields, Waynesboro (so., 6-10)

160 - 1.Mitchell Ramsey, Mechanicsburg (sr., 27-4); 2.Calvin O'Farrell, Chambersburg (jr., 21-12); 3.Andy Reed, Northern (sr., 19-9); 4.Brandon Rudy, Cumb. Valley (jr., 13-11); 5.Justin Timko, Shippensburg (sr., 15-15); 7.Aiden Smith, Waynesboro (fr., 8-16)

170 - 1.Joey Krulock, Mechanicsburg (sr., 25-4); 2.Cody Seibert, Big Spring (jr., 14-3); 3.Chris Williams, Shippensburg (jr., 25-5); 4.Jake Sharrah, Gettysburg (so., 18-11); 8.Adam Tardosky, Chambersburg (sr., 7-18); 9.Jensen Stoner, Greencastle (jr., 5-12)

182 - 1.Kyle Koser, Northern (jr., 24-4); 2.Danny Hockensmith, Big Spring (sr., 19-6); 3.Corey Hardman, Gettysburg (sr., 17-13); 4.Stephen Manders, Shippensburg (so., 11-12); 7.Stefaun Johnson, Greencastle (so., 4-7); 8.Patrick Wade, Waynesboro (so., 8-15); 10.Devon Williams, Chambersburg (sr., 7-18); 11.Dustin Walker, James Buchanan (fr., 5-15)

195 - 1.Dylan Herb, Shippensburg (jr., 22-4); 2.Matt Hoare, Cumb. Valley (sr., 17-9); 3.Dontez King, Chambersburg (sr., 24-9); 4.Tommy Rayhart, Big Spring (so., 24-6); 6.Jared Starliper, Greencastle (so., 14-12)

220 - 1.Lucas Chestnut, Mechanicsburg (jr., 19-12); 2.Hasan Alic, Carlisle (jr., 27-4); 3.Branden Stitt, Shippensburg (sr., 21-7); 4.Andrew Paterno, Waynesboro (sr., 16-11); 9.Collin Hansley, Chambersburg (jr., 7-24); 10.Elios Gomez, Greencastle (so., 0-2)

285 - 1.Cary Hess, Shippensburg (sr., 23-2); 2.Devin Reed, James Buchanan (jr., 16-6); 3.Juan Perez, Gettysburg (sr., 12-12); 4.Quin Paynter, Carlisle (jr., 13-13); 6.Cameron Kiger, Chambersburg (jr., 11-19); 9.Shawn Robinson, Waynesboro (fr., 2-11); 10.Dwight Henning, Greencastle (jr., 2-17)